Missing from the Gutenberg frontpage is the original title: La Rabouilleuse Plot summary from wiki: The action of the novel is divided between Paris and. Buy The Black Sheep: (La Rabouilleuse) (Classics) New Ed by HonorĂ© de Balzac, Donald Adamson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Balzac’s La Rabouilleuse () exploits an innovative plot structure to insist on the changes taking place in France, especially the way the middle class was.

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Published May 27th by Penguin Classics first published Philippe drives loved ones to pauperism and rabojilleuse. Balzac wrote some se No, I haven’t read through the entire Human Comedy, but having gone through around 10 volumes qualifies me I think to declare this one of the better books in the series.

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Philippe is a monster and his development into such in the second half is somewhat inexplicable given his failures in the first. The story of a family with one side reduced to poverty In Paris. But the prying of friends, the slander of enemies, and the gossip of acquaintances, had never succeeded in laying rabouiloeuse the interior of that household. Oct 27, Angelo Giardini added it Shelves: View all 5 comments. Max, a former captain now with nothing worthwhile to do, surreptitiously leads a gang of hooligans who entertain themselves destroying other people’s property and poisoning dogs for fun.

I’d guess this excellent example of what makes Balzac so addicting is overlooked even by Balzac enthusiasts.

And so, despite her qualities of character, poor Agathe was the innocent rqbouilleuse of many misfortunes. He resigns from the army after the Bourbon Restoration out of loyalty to Napoleon. Which book should I begin reading first? Aug 12, John Ward rated it it was amazing. The nickname is a reference to the job that she did as a young girl when helping her uncle to fish for ka, before becoming a servant to the Rouget household. He doesn’t marry her, much as he would like to, because he fears that once she has access to his money she will do a bunk with Max and go to Paris.


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Through his connections, Philippe has now obtained the title Comte de Brambourg. Philippe marries Flore after the death of Jean-Jacques. To begin with, no matter what one tried to do about it, his thick black hair was always unkempt, whereas his brother was rabouulleuse neat and good-looking, despite his high spirits.

La Rabouilleuse

The story takes place in Paris and rabouulleuse Issoudun, one hundred miles south of Paris where Agathe’s well-to-do brother, Jean-Jacques Rouget, lives.

A widow has two tasks, with mutually contradictory obligations: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Rouget t The two brothers are Philippe and Joseph Bridau. He is the lover of her brothers housekeeper who is trying to steal the inheritance.

I’m not sure why this gem isn’t as well known as others in the series. Albertine disparue Marcel Proust.

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I should give the author a break since he wrote this a long time ago, but I wish I could get my reading time from last month back! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But how it plays out is wildly unpredictable and an example of how watching people go through their lives can be the greatest of all spectator sports.


Dispatched from the Rabojilleuse in 2 business days When will my order arrive? My experience with 19th Century literature is still very spotty, and this is the only Balzac novel I have read so farso take my comments with a grain of salt.

Jean-Jacques and Max only give them some old paintings, but only Joseph recognises their value. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities.

Formerly an aide-de-camp to Napoleon but now without prospects, Phillippe Bridau and his younger brother Joseph, a shiftless artist, become entangled in a struggle to recover the family inheritance in a world where “to be without money is to be without power.

Better, perhaps, than in any other novel in The Human Comedy, it is intimately interwove into the fabric of the tale. This review has been hidden because rabouillekse contains spoilers. Another mordant dissection by Balzac of greed and character – and a mother’s blindness. Jun 08, Justin Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: Other books in this series.

This page was last edited on 30 Aprilat At this point in the story, the widow Desgoings makes the practical decision to move in with Agathe, her niece by marriage, so that they can pool their resources.